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There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to...


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    Dec 18th, 2008 12:13am report

    OK, its not about drugs, tolken or what ever. The song has no meaning really. My guess is there's this lady that just bought a palace and she things its heaven. but she gets to connected to it and she finds out its haunted. so she wants to move out but she cant. shes trapped. now shes a ghost. then the very last line "And she's buying a Stairway to heaven" means another lady is about to move into the palace and the cycle will be started up again. but that's my guess. Plant said it had no meaning and Page said it had no meaning. Hopefully this letter will shut all of you up. Why are you arguing about rock n' roll? its meant to be enjoyed.


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    Dec 7th, 2008 12:10pm report

    This song means different things to different people. I believe that is what it was made for.


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    Dec 7th, 2008 12:16am report

    This song has a lot of meanings...i think that is about of drugs that make us feel happy and forget every pain...but even then there is the right road and whe can get it...About the lady,she is not the drugs but the addict who feels to much self-confidence.It talks to the passion for freedom and a life free ofn material things.It refers to the wanting to give up a
    life of hardship and follow your heart.The realization that life is fleeting and you better get your shit together and care for others as well.Stop and listen to your heart for the answers to the trials of your life.This song is a poem


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    Nov 24th, 2008 11:49am report

    The "lady who's sure all that glitters is gold," and who later "shines white light and wants to show how everything still turns to gold," is an archetypal woman, found throughout lore and literature, who is trying to achieve a higher spirituality. She has the ability within her to realize that quest by using whatever means fulfill her spiritual longing, even if only for a time; once a means has served its spiritual purpose, or if it proves unfruitful - for her or for us, since the lyrics speak both to the woman and to us simultaneously - "there's still time to change the road you're on." It's about the individual's spiritual coming of age and maturation.

    The song calls the listener to abandon modern modes of spiritual journeying and to return to the old gods. The symbolism within the lyrics makes this apparant, culling heavily from ancient Celtic imagery: the forest, the tree by the brook, the May Queen, the piper, the lady shining white
    light - all are images from ancient Celtic religion. (One could, in fact, go on about the lines "If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now / It's just a spring clean for the May Queen" as signifying a girl's first
    menstruation and its relationship to Beltane rituals; after all, Plant and Page did.) It's chronicled that Plant had been reading James Spence's book on Celtic magic at the time he wrote the lyrics to "Stairway to Heaven," and the
    influence of that work on the song is manifest.


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    Nov 18th, 2008 11:34pm report

    I always thought it was about the Lady Galadriel from the Lord of the Rings, but who am I?


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    Oct 19th, 2008 10:04pm report

    All songs have meaning because they have words and words have meanings, whether an author intended a particular meaning or not is up to them because they chose the words. Now the circumstances or intent by the authors of this song to just pen what ever comes to mind does NOT change the meaning that can be ascribed to these lyrics. These lyrics are either true or false they either impart hope or despair because they communicate thought through words/lyrics. It matters what YOU think. It matter what YOU believe. In everything we do on this side of life there is reason and purpose, the problem with many people is that the purpose or reasons are not considered we just live our lives day to day and never consider OUR purpose or reason for what we chose to think and believe. This lyrics of this song inspire US to consider why we do what we do, and why we think or believe. Are we like the lady who is sure? Do we unknowingly follow a Piper. There are wonderful references in this great song that should inspire us to examine our thoughts, our actions, our purpose, our faith or lack of it, whether Jimmy or Robert intended it or not. Our shadows (spirits) taller than our soul (mind, will, emotions). Use your spirit to dissect what your hear, endeavor to understand what is spoken or sung. Is it true or a lie, does it give you hope or depress you? Embrace encouragement and cling to truth (Love, Hope, Faith) it is woven in and out of many poems and songs and speeches. Just don't be naive a good lie sounds like the truth and people or "others" will try to trick you or worse you can fool yourself, SO LISTEN VERY HARD, which mean TRY to understand, CHOSE the right path and certainly enjoy the good music along the way. We should know by now that all that glitters is not gold, and in some places gold does not have any value, find treasure that has eternal worth which is had through understanding your purpose in this life. Thank you for this thread and for reading this blog I hope it challenges you understand what hear so that the tune will come to you at last. Life has meaning find it.


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    Sep 13th, 2008 9:22pm report

    I don't have time to read through every one of these posts but I did get to this one
    "Dudes, enough, it has dawned on me that all the talk about different paths in this song can mean only one thing; to find your own meaning/rationalization. I love this song because it can be understood so differently, like a sonic Rorschach test. Stop taking it as one absolute meaning, many of which are just moronic and poorly thought out and just LOVE THE MUSIC!"
    There are songs that are meant to have different meanings.Period. They are there for each and every person in his or her own way. They help the songwriter and they help you in your own way.

    This is not the place for me to get on my soapbox but all the "Christians" who automatically think that this song is "Satanic" because it doesn't fit into your cookie cutter world are MORONS.


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    Sep 6th, 2008 9:43am report

    I've come to the conclusion that there is no possible way page or plant meant to encode some "secret" message in this song. Not to say that it's not there, because I've heard it, and its pretty creepy. I believe that the most likely scenario (if there is anything to the message at all) is far scarier.

    I've read many interpretations of the song by members of this site and some of them I have to discredit right away. There were a few people who COMPLETELY broke the song down line for line and explained a religious meaning. Although it was very interesting and well thought out, it's bogus. Page and Plant both admitted that the song really had no particular meaning and, honestly, I don't think Page would give it such a religious meaning since he is an admitted dabbler in the occult.

    I believe maybe something far more sinister might have occurred during the production of this song. Have you ever heard that an idle mind promotes evil things?(or maybe something along those lines) it makes sense to me. being religious and righteous requires constant thought to prevent yourself from evil deeds. you must constantly guard yourself against the temptation of sinning. (narrow is the path, right?) so, it makes sense that if your mind is idle, it leaves more of a chance for "evil" to enter. when musicians talk about what its like being in a band and "jamming out", they talk about the "feel" and emotion involved. I recently watched a youtube video of jimmy page speaking about his experience with led zeppelin. He spoke of unity and of four musicians coming together and feeding from an unseen energy, or a "fifth member" as he put it. I don't mean to sound like some paranoid babbling Bible beater, but this is what happens when satanists and other occultists "channel" energies or spirits or whatever. They are completely caught up in the moment(so to speak) and find themselves prodigiously stimulated by an unseen force. I don't think musicians TRY to channel this energy, it just happens. probably without them knowing. I mean, satan (or lucifer, as an angel) was the ruler of music, right? this is why some churches don't partake in musical sessions. don't' get me wrong, I love music and I am a musician, myself. but, how many times do you think music has shaped worldly youth in a negative manner? if there is any satanic influence applied to "stairway to heaven", I think it probably comes from satan himself. I don't think the writers of the song had evil intentions, even though page was somewhat of an occultist. The writers have already said that the song didn't really have a meaning, it's basically just poetry. but, in my interpretation, the song can only have a negative message, in a religious sense. I do believe the opening of the song refers to a woman who plans to kill herself by overdose. "there's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold" to me implies that she does not see the true meaning behind things. all that glitters is not gold, this is the basic principle behind sinning. Sinning feels beautiful to the sinner, if it did not, there would be no temptation. was lucifer not God's most beautiful angel? Buying a stairway to heaven clearly refers to the purchase of drugs for overdose. The next lines secure the idea: "when she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed, with a word she can get what she came for" does that not sound like a drug deal? it insinuates that she is not coming for something to be purchased in a store, rather something she can get with one word. I'm not going to break down every line for the sake of brevity, but I would like to discuss other points. for instance, later on in the song they bring the lady back into the picture and speak of her shining white light and wanting to show how everthing still turns to gold. Insinuating that she made the right choice and wants to show all the path.

    I also think the piper refers to satan. "your head is humming and it won't go", refers to the constant temptation from satan to sin. ("the piper's calling you to join him") someone in a previous passage made reference to the book of Ephesians and the apostle Paul stating that the spirits of those who are against God are of the air("you're stairway lies on the whispering wind", refering to the lady in the opening, who eventually shines white light) and why are our shadows taller than our souls when we meet this redeemed lady? maybe our souls are small and meaningless at the end of this path that leads us to this lady shining her "white light".

    Anyway, like I said, it may just be a song without meaning, shrouded in controversy. but if not, I think its some pretty eerie stuff.


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    Aug 31st, 2008 8:06pm report

    If you listened to the "backwards message" but nobody told you what it said, you wouldn't think anything of it. Backwards jibberish could be made to sound like anything, so don't get too worked up, ok? Great song, though!


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    Aug 18th, 2008 8:02pm report

    Ok I know you are all gonna hate me for this, and I don't entirely believe this is what it's about myself, but just for kicks, listen to the song and think 'hitman'



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    Aug 2nd, 2008 8:05pm report

    About all the backwards talk: It's bound to happen. The chance isn't high to happen in a song, but put any number of words randomly after each other and play it back words, some of them have a feeble impression of giving a satanic message..

    If you don't believe this, I suggest you read up on chance calculations :)


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    Jul 29th, 2008 7:24am report

    A rock journalist, a woman, had some dirt on the band - damaging stuff - and was ready to come out with it against them in exchange for some exclusive material.

    "stairway to heaven" is merely a contemplation of all the trappings of being a rock star from the perspective of a celebrity constantly referring back to this journalist and the potential damage to the band.

    the "lady" is the journalist. The "stairway" is the connections to the rich and famous. The "stores" that are "closed" are the bands potential refusal to play ball. The "songbird" in a "tree by a brook" is, perhaps, a groupie, someone off "the mainstream" so to say who has the damaging information and is prepared to speak. "sometimes all of are thoughts are misgiven" is a reference to the fact that a representation of the band would be published in this vindictive nature, impacting the general consensus as such. "the west" is the usa. "rings of smoke" are groups of zeppelin fans. "those who stand looking" are those who assume the band will influence its fans into a similar lifestyle suggested by the journalist - basically the parents of children.

    etc.. So forth.. This is getting too long. I think you get the point.



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    Jul 22nd, 2008 7:07pm report

    I was told that this song was about a lady who was crazy because she thought all that glittered was gold and stuff...


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    Jul 18th, 2008 7:40pm report

    I LOVE THIS SONG! IT IS POSSIBLY THE GREATEST SONG EVER! Anyway, it has nothing to do with drugs or stupid shit like that. Can't you people just see this song for what it is: a beautiful piece of poetry. Oh- and I listened to those "backward messages" They are a bunch of choppy backward sounds strung together to sound similar to words. Someone thought they were satanic messages, and everyone else believed him. That string of gibberish, if listened to long enough, could be made to be anything. God bless, and enjoy this AWESOME song!


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    Jul 11th, 2008 7:44pm report

    It's not a SPRING CLEAN for the May Queen, it's a SPRINKLING for the May Queen! Most popular lyric sites have this wrong. For those of you who are not British, a hedgerow is a line of bushes. It's a reference to Shakespear's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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